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Sage Grouse: The Love-Hate Thing Goes On

Fri, 2016-02-19 14:09
Out west, there is a problem. Sage grouse, those iconic sage desert birds, have long had declining populations, mostly due to habitat loss and human-related disturbance. Due to the distribution of sage grouse and the land use in the region, if sage grouse receive endangered species status, it will mean the curtailment of a lot… Read More »
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Another Hawk-Killer in Court

Fri, 2016-02-19 13:00
Why am I not surprised this jerk was a pigeon fancier? Prosecutors say Kapusta and another person are pigeon-racing enthusiasts who killed the predatory hawks because they saw them as threats to their pigeons.
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Florida: FSU Settles Title IX Suit for Less than $1M

Mon, 2016-01-25 20:42
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on the resolution of Erica Kinsman’s Title IX suit against Florida State University (FSU). FSU will pay around $950,000 to settle the suit. Kinsman alleged sexual assault by then FSU football star Jameis Winston, which FSU had famously responded to by finding Winston “not responsible” for the… Read More »
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Open Letter to the United Methodist Church on “intelligent design”

Wed, 2016-01-20 13:51
The Discovery Institute got upset that they weren’t allowed a table to promote “intelligent design” at the United Methodist Church’s general conference this year. The DI has been having quite the hissy fit over it, in fact, and has been encouraging people to be outraged about it and write the UMC to try to get… Read More »
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Springer Offers Books for Free PDF Download

Wed, 2015-12-30 05:21
Lifehacker notes thousands of scientific titles are available for free PDF download from Springer. LifeHacker article There’s a bunch of titles on evolution. And they even have Whit Au’s “The Sonar of Dolphins” available. I don’t mind paying $130 for my 1993 print copy, but a free PDF is a fine thing, too. Update: It… Read More »
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The Discovery Institute Does More Myth-Making: Looking at #10

Wed, 2015-12-16 15:11
Incredibly butt-hurt over Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District almost ten years after their reaming, the Discovery Institute has a series of advent devotionals that they are calling, I kid you not, “Ten Myths About Dover“. Yes, they make the pretense that they are deconstructing myths others have made, but when one reads… Read More »
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Utah Physician Recommends Staying Away from Hospitals

Sun, 2015-12-13 23:55
(This is a copy of my diary on Daily Kos.) Utah state legislator Mike Kennedy (R) weighed in on the argument concerning extending Medicaid coverage. I first saw this content of Kennedy’s statements via a meme on Facebook. Knowing that false memes are a dime a dozen there, I had a look to see if… Read More »
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Programming is Presbyterian

Sat, 2015-12-12 16:47
There’s a mind-expanding post at Coding Horror from 2006. Hey, can’t a guy have a nine-year backlog? The title: “Separating Programming Sheep from Non-Programming Goats”. The first link in that article does not work; use this link instead. This discusses work on incoming computer science students, finding that there is a bimodal distribution of performance… Read More »
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Exploiting Modern Laptop Hardware

Tue, 2015-11-17 03:39
I’ve been in the pleasant position of developing strategy of how best to set up new hardware. Well, new to me, in any case. Through the generosity of Burt Humburg, I have a Razer Blade Pro laptop, which I think is a 2014 vintage model. My previous personal laptop is a 2007-vintage Gateway MT6458, a… Read More »
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